It’s in Virgo, at the ascendant? Thanks.
The conjunction of Mercury and Pluto gives you usually deep and penetrating mind. You look for hidden meanings in what others say, and create your own mythology. You see through people and sense their motives. Once you have made up your mind on a subject you rarely change your views, and you are very assertive in expressing them. Madonna has this aspect on Ascendant.
Here a good article by From Steven Forrest’s “The Book of Pluto: Finding Wisdom in Darkness with Astrology :
PLUTO AND MERCURY
Quick, bright as a bright star, and yet hard to glimpse — that’s Mercury, the planet of Thought. It buzzes rapidly around the Sun, never veering very far from that basic symbol of ego and its compelling gravity… MERCURY ITSELF Two concepts interweave in Mercury’s symbolism. One is perception; the other is communication. We see. And then in response to that seeing we experience twin desires: to express what we see, and to learn what others see.
PLUTO-MERCURY ASPECTS IN THE NATAL CHART
Whenever Pluto and Mercury are linked in the birthchart, there is an intense curiosity (Mercury) about the dark or taboo sides of human life. Socially, this quality may be viewed as a fault: the child who asks “too many” questions about a divorce in the family, the “precocious” eight-year-old with her persistent questions about exactly where babies come from. As such a person matures, the basic principles remain essentially the same, but the questions naturally become deeper and more baffling. Here is the man or woman who, depending on our viewpoint, either tends to ask “obtrusive” questions or in whom we experience a welcome “realness” and willingness to move beyond the pointless babble of “normal” life. In bleaker expressions, the Mercury-Pluto alignments can be cruel. Insight is a sharp sword; expressed without good will, it can be destructive. That destructiveness may be unconscious — an innocent, “Gee, you’ve gained a lot of weight!” Or it may be darkly intentional malignity masquerading as innocence — “Gee… et cetera.” Curiosity and open-mindedness are the fundamental qualities of Mercury as a healthy psychospiritual principle. This is our human desire to learn, and to grow through the process of learning. This is our ability, in other words, to tolerate unexpected perceptions. Mercury also represents our skill at sharing our investigations with others: speech, but more than speech. It is also our connection with media. And that implies everything from a simple, quiet conversation, through letters and books, and on into the modern realm of film, video, and cyberspace communication. The dark side of Mercury lies in the way we can build glib, convincing walls of rationalization around half-truths. All the misuse of language is Mercury’s madness: lies told, lies believed, pretty words that spread like an oil slick upon far deeper waters.
THE NATAL CONJUNCTION With Mercury and Pluto separated by a few degrees or less in the birthchart, the mind naturally takes the form we might expect to encounter in a police inspector or a psychotherapist: suspicious. So does the tone of voice and the phrasing of sentences. This is not intended as a negative comment; suspicion can lead to penetrating questions, and thus, to truth. Here is an intelligence that excels in working with anything that is not obvious, anything hidden or obscure. It can, for example, do well in scientific or historical research. In a physician, it correlates with a capacity for diagnoses in elusive or contradictory medical situations. In criminal law, it’s the classic “Miss Marple” who finds the one obscure fact upon which a defense or conviction hinges. Mercury-Pluto energy can manifest in a lot of differing ways, as is the case with all astrological configurations. But the examples I’ve used so far — deep research, crime, and healing — capture the spirit of the conjunction with its intellectual taste for the unsettling, the serious or the obscure. Such a voice can be overpowering and disturbing. It can also appear to be impassioned over trifles or “unnecessarily strident.” There may be argumentativeness or what appears to be obsessiveness. There may be an inability to “lighten up.” Are these Mercury-Pluto problems real or are they merely symptoms of other people’s inability to deal with such intense truth-seeking? There is no simple way to answer those questions. Certainly, even in an admirably healthy human being, this energy can be misunderstood — or understood perfectly, and still not liked very much. And when it goes sour, it can indeed manifest a perverse delight in creating not insight, but upset and discomfort. Keeping a natal Mercury-Pluto conjunction healthy depends radically upon making sure that it has a few positive avenues of expression. One deep friendship with a verbal, articulate person in which any subject at all can be discussed. A relationship with a counselor who does not flinch from strong language and raw, dark emotion. And any set of interests that involve delving into life’s Plutonian mysteries: a study of Jungian psychology, shamanism, the psychology of violence, natural catastrophes, nightmares, the literature of horror.